Barney Show in Manila

I never thought I’d see the day that I would love this purple dinosaur that I used to hate. It’s the all-time favorite of Baby Bear so I’ve changed my mind about how I feel about Barney. 😛 To show how much I love my baby, I even prepared a Barney-Rainbow themed 2nd Birthday. ahh… the things you will do for the ones you love! 🙂

barney invitation

barney invitation

Invite reads: With a great big hug and a kiss from me to you, Barney’s friend __ is turning two!

little touches

little touches – A is for Awesome Mallows; C is for Cookies

what's inside the loot bag

what’s inside the loot bag

barney rainbow cake

barney rainbow cake

sorry for the lopsided picture of the cake. I was trying to cover the name on the cake but this picture doesn’t do justice to the beauty of the cake and more importantly, the deliciousness. Rainbow cakes are usually just nice to look at and it has become quite a fad (thanks to Pinterest), but more often than not, they are not yummy because it’s just all food coloring. This one though, is by far, one of the yummiest rainbow cake that I’ve tried. Thank you ninang for this labor of love and work of art. 🙂

I never thought I’d see the day that I would be so excited to see the Barney Live in Manila billboard posted somewhere near Eastwood. I had to stop and take note of the telephone number so that I could ask about the show.

Here are the details of the show:

Barney Live at Megaworld Lifestyle Malls

Barney Live at Megaworld Lifestyle Malls

This is her reaction to whenever she sees Barney in the toy store:

So much joy! Imagine if she saw her purple friend up close and personal… this would probably be her equivalent of our chocolate heaven. 😛 Excited for the weekend. I hope we will all have a Super ‘D’ Duper Time!!! 🙂

– For Inquiries and Ticket Reservations, call 709-0888. 

– For VIP Seats and exclusive Meet and Greet pass, you just need to buy P1,500 worth of Barney products at the Magnavision kiosk from July 11-21. One pass admits four but is valid only at place of purchase.

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Staycation Love Letter

The Bear Family is having a staycation right now, just here in Manila. Baby Bear has been fast asleep and we are bored out of our wits already — like 2 hours ago! We want to leave the room… but we can’t. So, the only quiet thing we can do is to entertain ourselves with technology. Thank you Steve Jobs for the iPad. At least that gives us something to do… for now! 🙂 Papa Bear is using the iPad so I decided to write (hand-write!) a love letter for my baby. Sharing with you my first vacation letter to my little one 🙂

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My dearest Baby Bear,

I promised you a staycation and here we are now… at the Oakwood Premiere Joy-Nostalg Center (See letterhead above) 🙂 Right now, you are sleeping like a baby (Finally!) 😛 You were so excited today that you skipped your afternoon nap and slept late tonight. You had so much fun today. You swam awhile ago (hello indoor heated pool — hurray!). You should see our iPhone pics of you, being so happy in the water… makes spending time with you so heartwarming. What we would give to always see that sweet smile plastered everyday.

We love you very much, Baby Bear. Don’t grow up too fast. You are now 16 months old and we love how sweet you have become. You randomly surprise us with your hugs, kisses and squeals of delight whenever you see me and daddy. You love it when we both hold your hands while walking and you always look up to us lovingly and with such sweet adoration. We love that and we are enjoying and cherishing every moment with you. I hope you will always look at us that way. I hope we will be the best parents that we can be for you. May we always be good role models — people you can always look up to and turn to whenever you need anything — big or small.

We love you very much, Baby Bear. We always will — to the stars and back! Good night my baby. May you have the sweetest dreams. We will always pray for you. May your guardian angel always guide and look after you. See you in the morning, my sweet angel.

Lots of Love,

Mama Bear (a.k.a. MOMMY) 

Listful vs. Listless

My husband recently asked and followed me up on new entries on my blog.  Shows you just how very remiss I am with my blogging! 😉 Frankly, I was quite surprised that Papa Bear was diligently checking my blog… aww how sweet, right? 😉 One of the few random things about him that still surpise me. 😀 So, what’s keeping me busy… here are some samples of my gazillion to-do lists. Seriously, do these lists ever end?

StartUp Mom

1.) Buy Gerber Graduates for snack time during school – Baby Bears’ current fave munchies.

2.) Books to read for July (Dr. Seuss theme) – Green Eggs & Ham and Oh, The Places You’ll Go

3.) Print out and laminate words of daily objects and stick it around her room – This is to let her associate that there is a corresponding word for every object. (I’m copying this teaching concept from her school) 😉

4.) Select pictures for the birthday album – The photographer already following me up on this — yikes! 😦

5.) Buy VTech Bath Friends Turtle Toy – Right now, she is into standing up everytime during bath time which is a bit dangerous. We are experimenting with toys that will get her attention and make her want to sit down.

6.)Purchase Milk Bags for My Yummy Mummy – She has been so generous in sharing her breast milk with Baby Bear. I truly appreciate this very generous and noble gesture. The least I can do is to replace her milk bags right? 😉

7.) Set up play dates for Baby Bear – This super shy baby needs to interact more and get out her super shy shell.

8.) Enroll her again in Gymboree or Kindermusik – I’m leaning more towards Gymboree because I want to recoup my annual membership fee LOL. Maybe i’ll shift her to Kindermusik when her membership expires. Only problem is the Kindermusik classes are starting this August already… decisions, decisions! 😛

9.) Continue playing the 30 Days to Hands on Play Challenge – I got stuck with the water play activity. Still thinking of how to execute the challenge without making too much of a mess. The OC in me is prohibiting me from moving forward LOL.

StartUp Wife

1.) Book Tears for Fears Live in Manila – We missed the last show and we are not missing this one again!

2.) Cook or bake for Papa Bear – As they say, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. This doesn’t change even if you’ve been married for how many years already.

3.) Family Health Insurance Plan – This post by Topaz Mommy got me seriously thinking about what the best health plan is for The Bear Family. Health is very important and one of the most expensive costs and I agree with Topaz Mommy that we should start looking for a plan that would help us with our growing family. So far, I’ve kind of narrowed it down to the following: Caritas Health Shield, MEDICard, PhilCare, MaxiCare, and IntelliCare. Incidentally I received The Medical City Family Privilege Card in the mail but I have absolutely know idea what the card is for. Don’t you hate it that not even a letter came with the card? They could’ve explained to me what the card was for, right? Anyway, do let me know if you can recommend a good family health plan or if you have any feedbacks regarding the institutions I have mentioned above.

4.) Complaint letter to Gymboree Shang – This totally deserves another post but basically my Baby Bear got sick for 3 weeks so she missed her classes. We asked for make-up classes and even presented a doctor’s certificate stating that she was really indeed sick. Plus, they are supposedly the only teaching establishment that allows make-up classes… and they do! I used to go to Gymboree Rockwell before they closed and they were very lenient when it came to make-up classes. As long as I just called in advance to let them know, they would allow the make-up class. Besides, shouldn’t they be happy that I am being responsible in not bringing my kid to school so that I don’t spread any viruses to the other kids? It’s my pet peeve when I see parents bringing their kids to school just because they don’t want the kid to be cooped up in the house or just because it’s a waste of tuition. I think this should be an unspoken rule amongst parents. You know how hard it is to nurse a sick child so you should prevent others from sharing the same fate. ‘Nuf Said!

5.) Buy 2 cooling racks for the kitchen oven – Long overdue wish list. Lack of cooling racks is my excuse for the many foibled brownie or upside down cake attempts LOL 😀

StartUp Biz:

1.) Post finished projects pics for aKids’Life Furniture – Excited to have completed projects, praying for good ‘word-of-mouth’ and hoping for new projects and referrals.

2.) Trying to produce current P.O.s and preparing for the Christmas season – Sourcing packaging, packages, and labels and finalizing products — still a tall order!

3.) Company and Brand Web site – At this day and age who still doesn’t have a web site right? 😉

4.) Social Media Campaign – Cooking up someting… in the works… ongoing… wait for it… 😉

5.) Marketing Consultancy – Recently met with a very inspiring social entrepreneur. Haven’t worked out the kinks yet so I don’t want to jinx it. So far we haven’t had the best of luck with getting around to meeting and hashing out the details… hopefully soon! 🙂

StartUp Self

1.) Catch up on my book reading list – Can’t wait to get my hands on some new books via The Book Depository.

2.) Update this blog more often – Sorry I’ve been so remiss with the blog lately. Thank you Papa Bear for encouraging me to write again.

3.) Exercise??? – Hardest thing for me to do as I’ve become a couch potato. Thanks to the advent of fast tv and movie downloads.

4.) Sleep early – Again, another hard feat to do — this time, blame it on Twitter!

5.) Spa dates, Facials and High Tea at the Manila Peninsula Hotel with friends – Sanity breaks! Need I say more? 😉

6.) Take good pictures and finally print them – Nothing tugs at the heart strings more than looking back at those memories that we made and making sure that we always remember and treasure them.

7.) Plan a trip abroad… with mom – It’s been quite awhile since I last went out of the country or out of town with Momma. Must plan some serious R&R with mother. Killing 2 birds with 1 stone!

8.) Beautify… inside and out! – We have started regularly going to mass again and we want to start praying with Baby Bear before going to bed at night. After all, the family that prays together, stays together! For the external beauty project, Papa Bear is bringing me some cool beauty products home from Korea tomorrow. Excited to start my new beauty regimen. Here’s to hoping for a way to reverse skin aging hahaha.

There are so many other different lists that I still have in my notebook. Grocery lists, potential businesses, mp3s to download, videos to watch, sights to see, bucket lists, things to do… I don’t think our lists will ever end. There are some days that you just want to wing it without the list… but now that we have Baby Bear this is a bit hard to do — but I wouldn’t want it any other way. It’s either this chaotic LISTFUL world vs. a LISTLESS world without Baby Bear. No pun intended! 🙂

Day 6 Hands on Play Challenge: Family Time

What a timely play challenge since it’s also a national holiday today (Happy Independence Day) now here in Manila. The challenge is to simply spend some family together time doing whatever you want to do… TOGETHER! Together is the main objective of the challenge. Sometimes we spend time as a family in one room but you see each person doing a different thing. One is watching TV, one is surfing with the iPad and the other one is blogging or twittering. This really doesn’t count as bonding if you think about it.

The activity that we chose to do was to read books. I got a bunch of books for Baby Bear during the last sale at The Book Depository which I blogged about here.

Image representing The Book Depository as depi...

It was delivered last week and we wanted to open them already. We opened them one by one and let her choose a book. She still really likes the Baby Touch series and I’m happy that even though it’s a new book, she is already able to point out words that she learned before like flower, bird, star, and owl, among others. Here is a list of the other books that she currently reads.

Reading books is always a nice bonding activity. It is a learning experience and an avenue to help your baby foster confidence in herself. It teaches a lot and opens up a whole new world for them. Reading is something that can never be replaced with technology. There is a nice experience and memory evoked with every turn of the page, the smell of an old book and the love that you feel when your parents read to you. No technology can ever do that! Agree? 🙂

First Aid Kit for Babies

It was a very hectic week with the nanny on vacation leave. It didn’t help that Baby Bear came down with the colds again (teething related, I think?) This weekend we will be staycationing at Hotel H2O with the family of My Yummy MummyMy Yummy Mummy got us the aqua-themed room for a steal at Ensogo Philippines. We are excited for Baby Bear. I think she will enjoy looking at the fishies.

In preparation for the trip, we have to lug a lot of stuff again even though it’s just an overnight stay. I blogged about stuff to bring for Baby Bear before here, when the whole family went on a trip to El Nido, Lagen Island a month ago. I promised to blog about packing a First Aid Kit for Babies. I’m sharing with you my list. Take note that this list is specifically for babies 0-12 months old. Also, this list is tailor-fitted for Baby Bear as per her pedia’s recommendation. This only serves as a guide so it is still best to consult the final contents of your own First Aid Kit with your baby’s pedia.

1.) Ever-reliable Calpol for those emergency 38.8 fever.

2.) Multi-Vitamins for your growing baby.

3.) Ice Pack – for the darn bumps your active toddler gets from time to time.

4.) Thermometer – we use an ear thermometer

5.) Aceite Manzanilla – Precaution to kabag or stomach gas

5.) For Colds/Coughs:

  • Sterimar Spray – Basically a saline solution sprayed 4x a day, twice per nostril.
  • Pigeon Aspirator – I soooo hate doing this!
  • Vapor Soove – Camphor-free baby Vicks
  • Virlix – Needs a prescription from your pedia, it’s basically an antihistamine.

6.) Accidental Scrapes and Bruises:

  • Band-Aids – The more colorful ones, the better. I use water proof band-aids by Next Aids 🙂
  • Betadine – Everybody knows this product.
  • Fucidin – To put on those itchy and painful boo-boos after.

7.) Fucithalmic Eye Ointment – For irritated eyes, pink-eye, conjunctivitis, and that nasty sty!

8.) Glucolyte Plus – It comes in lots of fun flavors that would make rehydrating baby from diarrhea easier.

9.) Insect Repellent – Moski Shield insect repellent patch that I put on the shirt of Baby Bear and OFF! Clean Feel for the arms and legs.

That’s about it, I guess. I might have some items missing since this is tailored to what Baby Bear only needs so don’t forget to consult with your pedia. As always, enjoy your trips with your family… it’s your chance to make good memories. So if you forget anything, don’t sweat it. There’s always a nearby drug store… unless you’re vacationing in some far-flung province or country. Have a happy weekend y’all! 🙂

The Air You Breathe In This Room Is Sterilized

Your world stops when a loved one is sick. I blogged about being MIA from my blog and business here when my Baby Bear got sick for the first time with pink eye, cough, colds and fevers — all in one week. It’s especially hard when babies get sick. They can’t tell us where it hurts and what discomforts they are feeling. They also become uber fussy during this time as they are super irritable with all the sickly feeling.

Humidifier, vaporizer, nebulizer… being a newbie mom, I was sooooo clueless as to what all these gadgets are for. I never got around to researching about all these thing-a-ma-jigs because I didn’t want to think that we needed it. In the same way that we know we need to prepare a baby first-aid kit for such just-in-case moments, but we don’t because we would rather think that this would never happen to us. Besides that, I realized that since my Baby Bear also has a history of skin asthma, I thought that it would be wise to invest in some air contraption.  As the old adage says, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

So being a google addict, I set about researching the different devices that were being offered in the market. I stumbled upon this “magic capsule” of an air purifier.

the air you breathe…

This is how the machine purifies the air. It uses high heat to kill all those pesky airborne allergens, mold and mildew, dust allergens, and other viruses and bacteria.

how air becomes clean

For more info, on how the machine works, check out their how-to link here. They have this ‘flashy’ presentation that will educate you more on the mechanisms of the machine.

According to my research, this is the only air purifier that can eliminate germs and other microbes in the air efficiently. This has been proven and tested independently. It is also used in hospitals. If it’s good enough for the doctors, it’s good enough for me! 🙂

Here’s a pic of the product in the nursery. Being a marketing gal, I appreciated the copy that was imprinted on their product. Talk about self promotion! 😉

such a powerful words…

Other reasons why I love AirFree:

1.)  It is oh, so silent! Other contraptions are so noisy because of the fan mechanisms. This one is so quiet, I sometimes forget that we have an air purifier in the room.

2.) It’s clean capsule-like body already shouts germ-free to me 🙂 Also, the size is just right. It doesn’t take up too much space and is quite portable. We easily move it from room to room.

3.) Easy to install. Being a tech-fraidy gal, I was happy to just plug it in when it arrived.

4.) Love the blue anti-stress light that it emits. It serves as a night-light for Baby Bear especially since she sleeps with all the lights off. You can also dim or turn off the light if this bothers you.

5.) No filters to replace! ‘Nuff said! 🙂

6.) No stinky hospital-like, medicinal, nasty salve smell.  The smell is simply clean.

If you wish to buy AirFree , please contact their authorized dealer here in Manila:

InnoMED Systems

Unit 208 Continental Court Bldg., 47 Annapolis St., Greenhills

02-7257084 or 02-7214593

http://innomedsystems.com/

http://www.airfree.ph/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/AirFree/145572668790391

*This is NOT a sponsored post. This is just me, sharing my mommy discovery with you 🙂

*First 2 pictures were stolen from the AirFree FB page 🙂